Concordia University

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Peter Gossage, PhD

Professor, History

Office: S-LB 1001-07 
J.W. McConnell Building,
1400 De Maisonneuve W.
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 2709
Email: Peter.Gossage@concordia.ca

Peter Gossage holds graduate degrees in Quebec history from McGill University and the Université du Québec à Montréal. He arrived at Concordia in 2009 from a faculty position at the Université de Sherbrooke, which he had held since 1993. A scholar of nineteenth- and twentieth-century Quebec, his main research interests are in family life, gender, and historical demography. Peter’s first book, Families in Transition: Industry and Population in Nineteenth-Century Saint-Hyacinthe, was published by McGill-Queen’s University Press in 1999. He is co-author of two further books: La fécondité des Québécoises, 1870-1970 : d'une exception à l'autre, with Danielle Gauvreau and Diane Gervais (Boréal, 2007); and most recently An Illustrated History of Quebec: Tradition and Modernity, with J.I. Little (Oxford University Press, 2012).  An active member of the Centre interuniversitaire d’études québécoises (www.cieq.ca), Peter has served as co-editor of the Canadian Historical Review (2000-2002) and held visiting fellowships at the University of Victoria (1999-2000) and at the University of California, Berkeley (2007-2008).  He is also co-director, with John Lutz and Ruth Sandwell, of the prize-winning educational website Great Unsolved Mysteries in Canadian History (www.canadianmysteries.ca).

Education

B.A., M.A. McGill, Ph.D. Université du Québec à Montréal


Teaching activities

Courses offered regularly

HIST 205 - History of Canada: Post Confederation   
HIST 210 - Quebec since Confederation   
HIST 307 - History of Montreal   
HIST 313 - Quebec in the Nineteenth Century 
HIST 314 - Quebec in the Twentieth Century  
HIST 412/620/820 - Selected Topics in Canadian History: Quebec Society and Culture
HIST 412/620/820 - Selected Topics in Canadian History: Family, Gender, and Community

Recent graduate and honours supervision

Marie-Laurence B. Beaumier. Une incursion au cœur du cycle de vie familial: Pratiques et expériences parentales en milieu ouvrier québécois, 1945-1977. PhD Dissertation in history, Université Laval, co-supervision with Dr. Aline Charles, in progress since Fall 2013. 

Lisa Moore. Practices of the Privileged: A Study of Youth Culture at Private Schools for Girls in Montreal, 1915-1980. MA thesis in history, Concordia University, in progress since Fall 2012.

Marie-Hélène Vanier. The Child-Welfare Movement in Early 20th-Century Montreal: An Intercultural Approach. PhD Dissertation in history, Concordia University, in progress since September 2011.

Sarah Ring. Uncovering the Hybrid Nature of Montreal's "Lost" Rivers. MA original essay in history, Concordia University, completed December 2013.

Romney Copeman.  A Nation of Discourse: Nationalism, Expo 67, and the Questions of Identities. Concordia, Department of History, Honours Essay, May 2013

Simon Roy.  La Guerre froide dans son arrière-cour: les impacts et les interactions socioéconomiques engenders par l’implantation d’une station-radar de la Pinetree Line à Senneterre. Mémoire de maîtrise en histoire, Université de Sherbrooke, completed April 2013.

Jade Winsor. From Sympathy to Hostility: Public Reaction to Teacher Strikes in Quebec, 1949-1983. MA original essay in history, Concordia University, completed October 2012.

Ryan Madden.  Saving Montreal: The Underlying Values of Urban Conservation in 1970s Montreal. MA original essay in history, Concordia University, completed August 2012.

Eric Di Michele. An East-West Expressway in Southern Montreal: An Intersection of Generations, 1948-1987. Concordia, Department of History, Honours Essay, May 2012.

Jennifer Doyon.  Le Divorce au Québec, 1964-1972.  Un Débat de société. Mémoire de maîtrise en histoire, Université de Sherbrooke, completed  July 2011.

Chantale Quesney.  De la charité au bonheur familial. Une histoire de la Société d’adoption et de la protection de l’enfance à Montréal, 1937-1972.  PhD Dissertation in history, co-supervision with Dr. Jean-Marie Fecteau, defended at the Université du Québec à Montréal, 3 May 2010.

Guillaume Parenteau-Saudrais. Maris et pères devant les tribunaux civils québécois, 1900-1920. Co-supervision with Thierry Nootens (UQTR), Mémoire de maîtrise en histoire, Université de Sherbrooke, completed January 2010.


Research activities

Recent Research Grants

2013-2017. SSHRC Insight Grants, Familles, droit et justice au Québec, 1840-1920, with co-applicants Eric Reiter (Concordia), Donald Fyson (Laval), and Thierry Nootens (UQTR).

2013-2015. SSHRC Partnership Development Grants, The Enduring Franklin Mystery, co-applicant with John Lutz (University of Victoria, applicant), Steven High (Concordia, co-applicant) and three others.

2011-2017. FQRSC, Programme de financement des Regroupements stratégiques, co-applicant on the operating grant (Subvention de fonctionnement pour un centre en renouvellement) for the Centre interuniversitaire d’études québécoises (CIEQ), submitted by CIEQ co-director Yvan Rousseau (UQTR).

2006-2010. SSHRC Standard Research Grants, Pères et paternité au Québec, 1900-1960.


Publications

Books

Gossage, Peter and J.I. Little.  An Illustrated History of Quebec: Tradition and Modernity. Don Mills, ON: Oxford University Press Canada, 2012. 369 pages.
http://www.oupcanada.com/catalog/9780199009954.html
 
Gauvreau, Danielle, Diane Gervais and Peter Gossage. La Fécondité des Québécoises, 1870-1970. D’une exception à l’autre. Montreal: Les Éditions du Boréal, 2007. 346 pages.
http://www.editionsboreal.qc.ca/catalogue/livres/fecondite-des-quebecoises-1542.html

Gossage, Peter. Families in Transition: Industry and Population in Nineteenth-Century Saint-Hyacinthe. Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 1999. 299 pages.
http://www.mqup.ca/families-in-transition-products-9780773518476.php?page_id=106239

Website

Lutz, John, Ruth Sandwell and Peter Gossage, directors. Great Unsolved Mysteries in Canadian History/Les Grands Mystères de l’histoire canadienne. Prize-winning collection of twelve educational websites in Canadian history, prepared from 1997 to 2008 by a team led by Lutz, Sandwell, and Gossage with major funding from the Department of Canadian Heritage. A thirteenth site, devoted to the ill-fated Franklin expedition of 1845, is currently in preparation (2013-2015), with funding from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada.  www.canadianmysteries.ca

Articles and chapers

Gossage, Peter. "Au nom du père? Rethinking the History of Fatherhood in Quebec," American Review of Canadian Studies 44, 1 (Spring 2014): 49-67. 

Gossage, Peter.Les Anglophones dans l’histoire collective du Québec. Réflexions sur des travaux en cours.” Enjeux de l’univers social 8, 1 (Spring 2012): 11-15.

Gossage, Peter. “Femmes, remariages et familles recomposées au Québec, 1866-1920.”  In Une démographie au feminine: Risques et opportunités dans le parcours de vie/A Female Demography: Risks and Chances in the Life Course, ed. Oris, Michel, Guy Brunet, Virginie De Luca Barrusse, and Danielle Gauvreau (Bern: Peter Lang, 2009): 321-355. 

Adams, Annmarie and Peter Gossage. “Private Matters: Sick Children at Home in the 1890s.”  In Designing Modern Childhoods: History, Space, and the Material Culture of Children, ed. Ning de Conick-Smith and Marta Gutman (New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press, 2008): 61-81.

Gossage, Peter. “Marginal by Definition?  Stepchildren in Quebec, 1866-1920.” In Mapping the Margins: The Family and Social Discipline in Canada, 1700-1960, ed. Nancy Christie and Michael Gauvreau (Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2004): 141-70.

Gossage, Peter. “La marâtre: Marie-Anne Houde and the Myth of the Wicked Stepmother in Quebec.”  In Histories of Canadian Children and Youth, ed. Nancy Janovicek and Joy Parr (Don Mills: Oxford University Press, 2003): 147-66.

Gauvreau, Danielle and Peter Gossage. “Canadian Fertility Transitions: Quebec and Ontario at the Turn of the Twentieth Century.” Journal of Family History 26, 2 (April 2001): 162-88.

Gossage, Peter and Danielle Gauvreau. “Demography and Discourse in Transition: Quebec Fertility at the Turn of the Twentieth Century.” The History of the Family: An International Quarterly 4, 4 (December 1999): 375-95.

Gossage, Peter. “Tangled Webs: Remarriage and Family Conflict in 19th-Century Quebec.” In Family Matters: Papers in Post-Confederation Canadian Family History, ed. Edgar-André Montigny and Lori Chambers (Toronto: Canadian Scholars Press, 1998): 355-76.

Gauvreau, Danielle and Peter Gossage. “’Empêcher la famille’: Fécondité et contraception au Québec, 1920-1960.” Canadian Historical Review 78, 3 (September 1997): 478-510.

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